Mesmerizing jangly rock from these K Records artists.
8:30pm | $6.00 day of show
In the Wet, Wild, and Woolly Bully Northwest, sweet rock n' roll just hangs off of the branches of our dense Evergreen forests. Reverb can be heard in the gentle spring rains, harmonies can be felt in the radiant sunbeams peaking through our overcast skies, and psychic vibrations grow up from the rich soil. The Shivas, from Portland, OR, are master botanists of this bountiful harvest, continuing in the long line of fellow area cultivators from the past like The Lollipop Shoppe, Don & The Good Times, The Fabulous Wailers, and The Frantics. Singer/songwriter Jared Molyneux spent an entire adolescence spent chained to his stereo hi-fi absorbing every sonic morsel offered from his local oldies radio station, eventually imagining The Shivas as a way to exorcise the litany of jangled chords and bangled howls that began festering within his clever mind grapes. Enter Kristin Leonard, a very talented young woman who is not only a ravishing beauty on the microphone, but also a raging beast behind the traps, who expertly augments Jared's swinging medallion songcraft with her potent mix of pleasure and pain. Their symbiosis of instruments and voices is nothing short of joyous. Joining the proceedings on both stage right and session left, Irish firebrand Rob Mannering can be seen wielding and slashing his hearty Telecaster like he himself is wound with an active magnetic coil while being armed with smart and decisive guitar sensibilities that keep this cosmic ship headed in the right direction. Next up, this writer would be remiss if he didn't heap praise on Eric Shanafelts' skillful and bubbly bass maneuvers, which act like deliciously funky rubber bands that tightly hold the collective groove together and never snap under pressure. When these forces combine, the end result of this concoction acts as a tonic for the mind, body, and dancefloor. And if all of this craziness wasn't enough, the crew recently unleashed their longtime secret studio weapon Ian Hartley into their live setting, who not only adds more "throb" to The Shivas "heart" but also turns Kristin's already perfect pounding into a double drum dynamic, making this band virtually unstoppable. If you have ever witnessed any of their hundreds of gigs, parties, or sock hops they have graced nationally over the last couple of years you will know this is gospel. Their album "WHITEOUT" (KLP 243, Burger put out the cassettes) from 2013 and their 7 inch "You Make Me Wanna Die" (IPU 143) from last April showcased their abilities to transfer this magical live mania to tape, a necessity for witnesses looking to harness some of The Shivas patented brand of love punk for home consumption. If either of these releases are any indication of what these guys are about to unleash on the masses with their upcoming October long player, then something tells me I'm into something very good.....and so are you!
We're thrilled to host legendary SF-based indie pop outfit The Aislers Set.
8:30pm | $15.00 advance $15.00 day of show
The Aislers Set occupy an enviable place in the pop pantheon. Brimming with drunken romanticism, sharp pop sensibilities and timeless melodies, The Aislers reveled in the history of great POP, spiking their classicist 60s-tinged tunes with pure post-punk energy and originality of bands like the Fire Engines and The June Brides. Every song is a meticulously constructed sound world, where the arrangement and instrumentation sublimely, uncannily bring each tune to completeness.
The Aislers Set began in 1998 as a vehicle for the songs of Linton, who had most recently co-led San Francisco's legendary Henry's Dress and drummed in Go Sailor with her pal Rose Melberg. With Henry's Dress she had helped guide the band from it's noise/drone beginnings to the explosive mod/punk fusion that made them such a force to be reckoned with. With The Aislers Set the original goal was just to write, record and document.
The result was the first Aislers Set album, 1998's Terrible Things Happen. Not content to merely (!) write some of the most sublime pop tunes this side of Ray Davies, Linton got busy in her garage studio and recorded and produced almost the whole record by herself. It's a remarkable feat, and a love for such producers as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson shines from each and every groove. This is no shameless 60's pastiche, though, with the echoes of classic pop past filtered through a totally 90's aesthetic. It's a beautiful, multi-layered record and a genuinely great achievement of home recording.
During the course of recording TTH, Linton was joined by some friends who became the full-band Aislers Set line-up: Alicia Vanden Heuvel on bass, Yoshi Nakamoto on drums, Wyatt Cusick on guitar and Jen Cohen on keyboards. It's this fantastic line-up that toured in 1999 and put together the second album, 2000's The Last Match. Where Terrible Things Happen's synthesis of 60s mod-pop, 70s punk and 80s/90s indie flavors provided an end-of-the-century summation of where pop had been and where it was heading, The Last Match upped the ante even farther.
More ambitious in conception, The Last Match expanded the band's sound into more orchestral areas. While the songs are still driving and catchy as a fish hook, the arrangements are far more sophisticated. The instrumentation has been augmented by a Jen's vintage keyboards/organs and various horns, giving the tunes the timeless feel of classic groups like the early Bee Gees, The Zombies and The Millennium. Still preferring to record in the garage where they are allowed unlimited time for experimentation, the band had no problem crafting an amazing sounding album that could have sprung fully-formed from the hallowed studios of Gold Star. This is no murky lo-fi production, but a fully-rounded and rich-sounding recording with a warm, analog sound.
The Last Match was a roaring success, garnering fantastic reviews and spurring the band to tour the US, Japan and UK multiple times, with bands (and fans) including as Belle & Sebastian, Black Dice, The Gossip, Erase Errata, Comet Gain and Sleater-Kinney. The band even achieved the ultimate badge of indie honor, recording a session for the legendary John Peel. Even more, The Last Match established The Aislers Set as one of the most beloved indiepop bands of their generation. It was a must-listen album, one that fueled fond memories, sparked love affairs, set off spontaneous dance parties, and reminded us all of the power of songs and song-craft and POP. It's chiming guitars and indelible melodies were heard everywhere from London to Tokyo, from Glasgow to Malmo: The Aislers truly came into their own with The Last Match
2003 saw the release of the band's final album, How I Learned To Write Backwards. At once more baroque and edgier than its predecessor, How I Learned To Write Backwards expertly wound together so many strands of pop history with such personality, atmosphere and style that there's never any doubt that you're listening to a band with vision. Far from being a "name the reference" game, The Aislers used the past as inspiration rather than a blueprint, so the echoes you might hear of, say, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound or Laura Nyro's soulful lyricism are so well-integrated into the Aislers' sound that they're more akin to the spice in the stew rather than the stock of the soup.
While the band had stopped playing and recording together by 2004 thanks to life commitments, their reputation has only grown and sporadic reunion shows and mini-tours have met with rapturous response. Now Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze are proud to join hands to re-release these fantastic, seminal albums in remastered form, and on vinyl LP again for the first time in over a decade. All three albums will feature new liner notes, updated art and sharp sound. Further, the band will play a select set of shows this Fall, and a new album of singles and rarities is being prepared for release in early 2015.
16mm Projector Performances and Live Music from:
Matt Carlson & Mia Ferm
Matt Carlson & Mia Ferm
Plus a dance party with:
Cinema Project celebrates the opening of their fall season and beginning of their 11th year with a night of live music and 16mm projector performances.
8:30pm | $8.00 day of show
Matt Carlson (of Golden Retriever) teams up with Cinema Project's own Mia Ferm to pair Carlson's dense and dynamic modular synth sounds with dreamlike loops of celluloid composed, manipulated, and projected by Ferm. Following, will be more live music with projections of discarded gems drawn from artist Stephen Slappe's vast 16mm found footage archive. The evening will be carried into the night by DJ DNA (XRAY.fm, Splash), who specializes in finding and showcasing the groovy jams hidden in the sonic residue of the 80's.
Laid Out and Holocene present...
8:30pm | $8.00 advance $10.00 day of show
Midnight Magic is a cosmic disco ensemble with a desire to make you, the listener, and the rhythm, become one. Anchored by New York City underground dance music vets Morgan Wiley and W. Andrew Raposo, and powered by vocal temptress Tiffany Roth, Midnight Magic's size matches their larger than life sound, ranging anywhere from four to nine people.
Holocene and Coco B present...
with resident DJs:
9pm | $5.00 day of show
SNAP! Is a monthly party that happens every last Friday of the month at Holocene in Portland, Oregon. This DANCE PARTY is held down by resident DJs Doc Adam and Colin Jones, and hosted by Ms Coco B. The vision behind the party is to offer a slice of nostalgia that will bring booty-shaking, head-nodding and memories of all those awesome middle school dances. SNAP! is proud to have hosted some of the most talented DJs/Producers touring the world currently. Here are some of the great artists that SNAP! has had the pleasure of hosting: Sammy Bananas, Pandemonium Jones, Emynd, Dj Eleven, Evil One, Dj Beyonda, Dj Automaton, The Trashy Trash Djs and more!
MAIN SQUEEZE Dance Party
FREE BEFORE 10PM!
9pm | $3.00 day of show
Main Squeeze is a celebration for floor movers of all stripes. From house and techno to deep cuts and disco, expect nothing but the freshest selections off the vine. Whether you have a main squeeze to shake it with on the dance floor, or are on the hunt for a sweet new thing, we've got you covered with sensual selections all night long.
Hollywood Theatre presents an evening at Holocene:
8:30pm | $6.00 day of show
Gridlords is a narrative arts and performance-based monthly live experience. Its roots are in Portland's underground and art comics community, starting in April 2012 at the Waypost. With a strong love of interdisciplinary performance and storytelling, and a desire to marry sound and vision in new ways, Gridlords inventor Sean Christensen felt a void of a live experience in the world he knew was possible. He felt its echoes from fragments in memories and saw its potential in his future. Gridlords wishes to be the lectures of Lynda Barry as an explosive inspirational devotional performance piece or the performance pieces of Laurie Anderson as a universe! The world has become used to facing a device that is feeding you animated images and audio messages while your friend is virtually talking to you and your other friend is talking to you in person while facing their own device with a whole other set of stimuli. Gridlords is the stimulus presented all at once for a unified audience with an attention span. Gridlords wants you, the audience, to feel a part of something.
Lechner will present a selection of dream comics in 2.5-D form. These will be fantastically realized beyond most humans cosmic capacity.
Lechner studied physics and math at Caltech before dropping out to go be an artist. He drew a political cartoon called Consumption for 8 years. Currently he illustrates dream excursions in his Nightlife books, when not programming open source art software.
Hailing from vermont & featuring members of Crude Hill, Smilax brings you Renegade Lounge music for the 2010's.
Nilsson will be presenting an autobio scenic and musical adventure, "W for Wolf", a memoir of childhood weirdness and frustration, and of the people who made it better."
"Emily Nilsson is from Washington State and has lived in Portland for the last 16 years. She has co-hosted the multimedia art fiesta Gridlords with friend Sean Christensen since 2012. Previous ventures include a partnership in Pony Club Gallery and various group art exhibits in multiple locations".
Horwitz says of his performance
"MY BOYFRIEND WALT WHITMAN is an ongoing, multimedia resuscitation of my personal life. I woke up one day and decided, I want a boyfriend, and I think it would be really cute if that boyfriend wrote poetry, kind of like Walt Whitman. Then I decided my boyfriend WOULD BE Walt Whitman. I began posting facebook updates about our relationship, which turned into illustrations, which turned into booklets, all supported by a healthy dose of lying to other people when they asked where Walt is (he's always at home doing a puzzle). It's the best relationship I've ever been in! It's part romantic soap opera, part confessional, part social satire. This performance is the culmination of MY BOYFRIEND WALT WHITMAN's first long-term plot thread: Walt proposed to me, then he died, and it was my fault. The performance is going to be an introduction for new audience members to the universe of MBWW, summarizing through his eulogy our relationship, which ends in the dramatic resurrection of Walt and our marriage".
Daugherty will be performing his crowd pleasin mind altering perfomanc Tulies! Not to be missed!!! Gridlords devotees were graced with this beautiful show in the early year. Dont miss out on this phenominal show with new flourishes. A true for reals spectacle!!!
TRULIES: Truths and Lies Entwined is a metaphysical journey of the bizarre nature of reality and the increasingly thinning line between real and imagined worlds. A live performance lecture exploring alter egos, animated adventures in finding truth, lost interviews, the physical manifestation of a lie, and readings from the meta comic, Losing Lies, where lies become truth!
Charlie Daugherty is an animator and visual effects artist with roots up and down the NW. He likes to seriously pretend to draw comics and is a graduate from The Evergreen State College. Currently he is living in Seattle and jogs daily (body and pencils).
Wally Catton, one half of Gridlords finest Marsuplala, will be performing a solo work of maximalised micro proportions.
A Micromacrotheatrical production concerning the catastrophic threat of global softening
Woods will be performing a live-score version of my film Dazzling Odysseys: The Electric Mind (excerpt).
Johnny Woods is an animator, video artist, and editor based in Los Angeles. He has received commissions from MOCA, The Museum of Sex, and the Bonnaroo Music Festival, as well as from musicians like Big Boi, Neon Indian, Classixx, Giorgio Moroder, Twin Shadow, Bear In Heaven, Chrome Canyon, and Hooray For Earth. As a performing video artist, he has appeared at such venues as the Sydney Opera House, MoMA, LACMA, the Hirshhorn Museum, ICA (Philadelphia), Coachella, and Lollapalooza. Johnny's video work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Creator's Project, Motionographer, Pitchfork, MocaTV, Vice, Liquid Television, and numerous others. Currently, Johnny is working primarily on short-form experimental films, and has just completed Dazzling Odysseys: The Electric Mind; a 60 minute animated tribute to early computer graphics. He is co-founder and co-curator of Ghosting.tv, a monthly screening event in Los Angeles featuring experimental animation and video art, and director of Undervolt & Co., a label for experimental video artists.
The evenning will be soundtracked by Gridlords favorite Gummi!